Reboot your skills, recharge your watchdog batteries and reconnect with the world’s largest network of investigative journalists during this year’s gathering in National Harbor, MD.

Choose from a diverse mix of panels, hands-on classes and special presentations. Learn how to improve reporting and storytelling across all platforms. Celebrate the best of investigative reporting during our IRE Awards luncheon. Mix and mingle with the best in the business. Learn. Share. Connect.

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The call for conference pitches ended in mid-January. If you have questions about the conference programming, contact [email protected].


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#IRE20 update as of 5/20

IRE is continuing to monitor the coronavirus pandemic and government regulations and recommendations. As of today, we are proceeding as planned for the August 27-30 conference in National Harbor, Maryland. Please keep the dates on your calendar, but hold off on making travel arrangements until we announce a final determination about the event based on local government regulations.

IRE will provide updates as events warrant. Subscribe to our special IRE20 email list to get updates on the conference as they’re announced.

#IRE20 update as of 4/24

IRE continues to monitor the coronavirus pandemic and government regulations and recommendations as planning continues for the IRE Conference scheduled for Aug. 27-30 in National Harbor, Maryland.

IRE will provide updates as events warrant. Subscribe to our special IRE20 email list to get updates on the conference as they’re announced.

IRE national conference rescheduled to late August

Because of the COVID-19 pandemic, the #IRE20 national conference has been rescheduled for August 27-30. The conference will be held in the same location: the Gaylord National hotel in National Harbor, Maryland, just outside Washington, D.C.

Government bans on large gatherings and uncertainty about travel led IRE to delay the conference, which had been set for June 18-21. By late August, we hope that our gathering can take place, bringing together investigative journalists eager to learn from one another.

“We appreciate your understanding and support of IRE and our shared mission during these tumultuous times,” IRE Executive Director Doug Haddix said. “Together, we’ll persevere through this pandemic.”

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Ronan Farrow to deliver keynote address

Acclaimed journalist Ronan Farrow will deliver the 2020 keynote address at the IRE national investigative journalism conference.

This year’s IRE Awards luncheon will take place on Friday, Aug. 28.

“We are thrilled that Ronan has accepted our invitation,” said IRE board president Cheryl W. Thompson, an investigative correspondent for NPR. “His dogged investigative reporting helped spark a global movement, and we look forward to his inspiring and motivating message.”

Farrow is author of the best-selling “Catch and Kill: Lies, Spies and a Conspiracy to Protect Predators.” His 2019 book details his efforts to investigate allegations of rape, sexual assault and abuse of women by powerful Hollywood producer Harvey Weinstein and allegations of intimidation and cover-up by powerful institutions including the news media.

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2020 IRE Night at the Ballpark

Grab your friends, and enjoy a night of baseball cheering on the Washington Nationals and Philadelphia Phillies on Friday, Aug. 28. Game time is 7:05 p.m. at Nationals Park. Tickets are $22 each and will be located in Scoreboard Pavilion. **The series is subject to change pending changes to the Washington Nationals schedule.

Limited tickets are available. Your purchased tickets will be available for pick-up beginning Thursday, Aug. 27 at the IRE sales desk during the conference. Tickets must be picked up prior to the game. No transportation is included in the ticket price.

For questions, please email Stephanie Klimstra, [email protected] or 407-246-9097.

Purchase tickets here.



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